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A photo of colorful bat stars covering and eating the corpse of a California sea lion recently won first prize in a prestigious wildlife photography competition.
For millions of years, megalodon was the top predator in marine ecosystems. Then great whites came along and ruined everything.
Researchers have discovered that 4,500-year-old seagrass meadows in Shark Bay, Western Australia, are actually the world's largest clone.
Ghostly imprints of very tiny "nannofossils" can offer a valuable window into our planet's past — and hint at its possible future.
Residents of Kommetjie, South Africa were treated to a rare sight this weekend: a giant squid measuring 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) long.
A stranded sperm whale was still alive when it was found washed ashore near Ningbo, China. A team of rescuers worked around the clock to tow the animal back to sea.
A new study into a cold patch of the Arctic, known as the "Blue Blob," has shown that it is slowing the rate Iceland's glaciers are melting, but only for a few more decades.
Scientists have confirmed that a 58-foot rogue wave detected by a monitoring buoy off the coast of Canada in 2020 is the 'most extreme' ever recorded.
The ocean floor is filled with undiscovered evolutionary lineages that help to regulate Earth's climate, a new global study of DNA in deep-ocean sediments finds.
Researchers have discovered a new species of branched sea worm in Japan and named it after the villainous kaiju King Ghidorah.
Divers with UNESCO have discovered and mapped out a massive and unusually pristine reef of rose-shaped corals in Tahiti.
Scientists spotted the world's deepest-dwelling squid 20,000 feet below the Philippine Sea while hunting for a lost WWII battleship.
The U.K. government has included cephalopods and some crustaceans in a new bill that recognizes sentient animals.
An investigation into a recent collision involving a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine has revealed it hit an unmapped seamount in the South China Sea.
Hatchling octopuses are born with tiny, temporary organs that look like microscopic brooms. Researchers may finally have an idea what they do.